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25 Christian Leaders Announce a Hunger Strike for Voting Rights

The bill would expand access to early and absentee voting, make automatic voter registration the national standard, make voter ID compliance easier, restore voting rights to formerly incarcerated citizens, and make election day a national holiday. 

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“As faith leaders, we are called to speak truth to power and to raise the conscience of this nation through moral resistance,” said Stephen A. Green, Chair of Faith for Black Lives. “This hunger strike reflects our deep commitment to radical love in action to redeem the soul of this nation. As we approach midnight for our democracy, the United States Congress must act urgently to pass voting rights legislation now.”

Below are the names of the 25 faith leaders participating in the hunger strike. 

  1. Rev. Stephen A. Green, Chair, Faith for Black Lives, New York, NY
  2. Rev. Traci Blackmon, Associate General Minister, United Church of Christ, Washington, DC
  3. Rev. Cornell William Brooks, Professor, Harvard Kennedy School, Director, William Trotter Collaborative, Former President/CEO, NAACP, Cambridge, MA
  4. Rev. Dr. Jamal-Harrison Bryant, Pastor, New Birth Cathedral, Atlanta, GA
  5. Rev. Dr. Otis Moss III, Pastor, Trinity United Church of Christ, Chicago, IL
  6. Rev. Dr. Frederick D. Haynes III, Pastor, Friendship-West Baptist Church, Dallas, TX
  7. Rev. Dr Cassandra Gould, Executive Director, Faith Voices, St. Louis, MO
  8. Rev. Dr. Lanel D. Guyton, Presiding Elder, Brooklyn-Westchester AME District, Brooklyn, NY
  9. Pastor Timothy Findley, Jr., Pastor, Kingdom Fellowship Church, Louisville, KY
  10. Rev Renita Green, Pastor, Holy Trinity AME Church, Wilberforce, OH
  11. Rev. Rodrecus M. Johnson, Jr., Pastor, Anderson Chapel, Killeen, TX
  12. Rev. Dr. Lenny Marshall, Pastor, St. Philip AME Church, Tallahassee, Fl
  13. Rev. Derrell Wade, Pastor, Macedonia AME Church, Suffolk, VA
  14. Rev. Dr. Caesar Roland Richburg, Pastor, Bethel AME Church, Columbia, SC
  15. Rev. Dr. Jonathan L. Weaver, Pastor, Greater Mt. Nebo AME Church, Mitchellville, MD
  16. Rev. Rickey C. Dennis, Jr., Pastor, Mt. Nebo AME, Awendaw, SC
  17. Rev. Redeem Robinson, Community Pastor, All Souls Movement, Los Angeles, CA
  18. Rev. James Wesley Dennis III, Pastor, Pine Grove AME Church, Columbia, SC
  19. Rev. Rashad Moore, Pastor, First Baptist Church of Crown Heights, Brooklyn, NY
  20. Rev. Dr. Roy Jones, Jr., Executive Pastor, Saint Philip AME Church, Atlanta, GA
  21. Rev. Devon Crawford, Director, William Trotter Collaborative, Harvard Kennedy School
  22. Rev. Eugene Minson III, Executive Minister, St. Luke AME Church, Harlem, NY
  23. Rev. Darien Jones, Pastor, Moncks Corner AME Church, Moncks Corner, SC
  24. Rev. Mary Newton, Pastor, Lee Memorial AME Church, Fort Washington, MD
  25. Prophet Bryce Graham, Anointed House of Prayer Ministries, West Palm Beach, FL
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